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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Does Tim Kaine Have a Twin?

Because the one who's running for the Senate sure wasn't the then-governor described in this passage from a Winchester Star article from yesterday:

"I had to cut more money out of the state budget than anybody had ever done."

Is that the Tim Kaine you remember?

Or is this the one thing you recollect from this snake's tenure as governor?

More specifically, does this bring back ugly memories?
It’s unanimous: Kaine can keep his tax hikes
By JR Hoeft, Bearing Drift, January 22, 2010

Gov. Tim Kaine tried twice to get huge tax hikes into his proposed budgets, and twice, nearly the full House of Delegates rejected him.

In both 2008 and 2010, not a single delegate voted for either of Kaine’s tax bills.

Most recently, Kaine was proposing a 1% increase in the income tax rate from 5.75% to 6.75% – that measure failed yesterday by a vote of 0 in favor to 97 against.

This is a reminder of the 2008 vote where Kaine attempted to increase the gas tax, auto sales tax, home sales tax, and general sales tax – which was also resoundingly rejected 0 in favor to 98 against.

Now there’s a legacy. [link]
Tim Kaine the Miser.  Please.  Don't make me laugh.

Kaine's Soon-To-Be Lie Number 2

First he tells us he's big on spending cuts.  And now this:

"I will never be one of those Democratic candidates that [sic] distances myself from my party or my president. I’m proud of my party. I’m proud of my president."


Let's wait and see how long that declaration holds up.

This, by the way, was spouted in an interview over in Charlottesville on Saturday in which he was distancing himself from his president with regard to the very unpopular Libyan kinetic military whatever-we're-doing-there.

Babble. Babble. Babble.

George Allen To The Rescue

This is encouraging.

From a George Allen for Senate press release:
George Allen Signs “Cut, Cap and Balance” Pledge

Richmond, VA – Today, George Allen signed the Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge – a promise to oppose any increase in the national debt limit without first meeting the following three conditions:

● Cut - Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.

● Cap - Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.

● Balance - Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses.

“The ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’ Pledge represents the same policies and principles that I have consistently fought for while representing the people of Virginia. These provisions are essential to reining in out-of-control spending in Washington, DC by making sure that any increase in the national debt limit is tied to ironclad spending cuts and long-term fiscal restraint.

“In just a little over four years since Democrats took control of the Senate, the national debt has shot up over 60 percent, and trillion dollar deficits have become the norm. We cannot give this White House and Senators Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer another blank check to fund their over-spending, over-reaching federal government.

“I have long supported immediate and meaningful cuts in wasteful spending. As far back as 1992, as a Representative for the 7th District of Virginia, I introduced a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. And as a U.S. Senator, I proposed a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a Line-Item Veto Amendment, and a ‘paycheck penalty’ that would withhold a member’s salary if the appropriations bills were not passed on time.

“The federal government’s exploding debt has become a national crisis and our leaders in Washington have an obligation to act. Our current path is dangerous and unsustainable; it will endanger our children’s future and their ability to achieve the American Dream.

“I am proud to sign the ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’ Pledge to oppose raising the debt ceiling unless there are binding conditions that reduce the deficit, cap spending and balance the budget. It’s time to put an end to the wasteful and reckless spending in Washington, DC.”
Here's to you, sir.

This Is How Bad It's Gotten

The Chinese now prefer to buy European debt over ours.

Can it get any wor ... oh, never mind.

More bad news to follow tomorrow.

Sanity Prevails

The sorry tale should never have gotten this far.

Nevertheless, it has a happy ending:
Wal-Mart's Class Victory . . .
Wall Street Journal

Liberals routinely complain that the current Supreme Court is too business friendly and given yesterday's decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, we guess that includes Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. In a unanimous ruling, the court said a huge employment discrimination class-action against Wal-Mart could not go forward.

Wal-Mart has had a strong official antidiscrimination policy. But in asserting the class, plaintiffs claimed that decisions by individual managers on raises and promotions had a disparate impact on women, and that the experience of some women could be extrapolated through sampling and statistics to cover the entire female workforce. While that argument won at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court found that a combination of anecdotes and "Trial by Formula" isn't enough to prove a pattern of discrimination.

The women want "to sue about literally millions of employment decisions at once," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority. "Without some glue holding the alleged reasons for all those decisions together, it will be impossible to say that examination of all the class members' claims for relief will produce a common answer to the crucial question why was I disfavored." [link]
Shakedowns like the one being foisted upon Wal-Mart are all too numerous these days.  It's good to see the Supreme Court put a stop to it.

As for the 9th Circus Court of Appeals, what buffoons.

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See the pronounced influence that three UVa professors had on the Supreme Court decision here.

Suckin' In Those Republicans

Remember when John McCain was the darling of the press?  Until he became the Republican nominee for president?  And quickly wasn't?  They knew what they were doing.  They got their man.

And we got Barack Obama.

Mission accomplished.

Today?  It's déjà vu all over again.

Only now their chosen lamb-to-slaughter is ...

... Mitt Romney.

Expect the Republican establishment to fall for it.  Again.  It has this weird, inexplicable penchant for doing just that over and over again.

Can't Argue That Point

The worst mayor in American history was on The Today Show yesterday and made a statement a portion of which I find impossible to dispute:
On NBC's Today, 'Honest and Open' Ray Nagin Blames Racism for Slow Katrina Response
By Kyle Drennen, NewsBusters

Promoting his new book, 'Katrina's Secrets,' on Monday's NBC Today, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin stood by his assertion that racism played a role in the Bush administration's response to the storm: "I'm not telling you that President Bush was a racist or what have you. But I think race and class and politics played in just about every aspect of this disaster." [link]
The cold, hard truth is that race did play a part in the story that unfolded in New Orleans after Katrina.  Nearly all of those who made their way to the Superdome and waited there for someone to come to their rescue for days upon days were black.  Black Americans, most of whom could have escaped from that hellhole but didn't.  Black Americans who waited there for the government to come and save them, and were sorely disappointed when it didn't.  A pathetic spectacle in more ways than the one played up by a liberal media that loves to champion "the victim."

Contrast that with the widespread flooding and devastation that has has been brought down upon the good people of North Dakota in recent days.

Oh, you hadn't heard about that?

I wonder why.

It's all about race all right.  But not in the way they want it portrayed.

When a Footnote Would Do ...

... environmental extremists instead make stuff up to propel the accepted narrative.

Read "Changing Tides: Research Center Under Fire for 'Adjusted' Sea-Level Data." And be ashamed of that which passes for science these days.

The nut:
The University of Colorado’s Sea Level Research Group decided in May to add 0.3 millimeters -- or about the thickness of a fingernail -- every year to its actual measurements of sea levels, sparking criticism from experts who called it an attempt to exaggerate the effects of global warming.

"Gatekeepers of our sea level data are manufacturing a fictitious sea level rise that is not occurring," said James M. Taylor, a lawyer who focuses on environmental issues for the Heartland Institute.
No appreciable rise in sea levels as a direct result of global warming, as Al Gore predicted? Hey, let's find a reason to say they're rising anyway!

Scientists. Used car salesmen. Show me any difference.

If Only It Could Be Concealed

I showed you the other day the video of the dude who almost took his own head off when he fired a 600 Nitro Express handgun and the recoil that he wasn't prepared for sent the cannon flying back, nearly separating his scalp from his skull.

But if the 600 Nitro Express is a fearsome piece of machinery, just think what a 700 Nitro Express is like.

The video:

It's the perfect weapon to keep in your home. Even if you miss an intruder when he breaks in in the middle of the night and you fire at him, the muzzle blast alone will burst every capillary in his body.  And soil his jeans.

You're wondering what a person would do with one of these monsters? As I told Paula when I brought home a 7mm Magnum rifle a while back: With this you can kill any animal on the North American continent, including cape buffalo.  And that we all need to be prepared for the eventuality of a cape buffalo stampede.

She stared at me, then just shook her head and walked off.

Next up, an 800 Nitro Express?

When You Live In Abject Fear ...

This is kinda humorous:

I wonder, do they flush the system every time a bird poops in the reservoir too?

Several times each day?

Every day?